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Thomas Aquinas,
Commentary on the Sentences

Super Primo Libro Sententiarum

Vellum leaf from an illuminated Medieval Manuscript
Italy; Late 15th Century
Latin Text; Humanistic Book Hand
28.5 by 21.5 cm

This text on the Sententiae of Peter Lombard by St. Thomas Aquinas, the "Angelic Doctor," was the forerunner of the latter's great work Summa Theologica. It is most unusual to find the writings of a Church Father presented in a humanistic book hand. Some of the humanists called this form of writing antiqua littera, with reference to the carolingian script, which they mistook for that of antiquity. In this humanistic script, fusion disappeared, letters became more simple, and shading decreased. The first more or less humanistic type of writing appeared in Florence about 1400 A.D.
Keywords: 1400s, Aquinas, humanistic, initials, script, Thomas

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